How Long Does It Take to Settle a Personal Injury Case After the Doctor Releases You?
If you were involved in an accident that wasn't your fault, it's all too common to wonder about the length of time it will take to settle your case and receive compensation for your medical treatment and losses.
Every personal injury case is different, which means there will be no precise amount of time that it takes to settle a case after being released from medical treatment.
Once you have been released by your medical professional, there are a few things that need to happen.
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- Medical Bills and Records Collection
- Waiting for the Insurance Companies Response
- Hire a Personal Injury Attorney to Assist with your Case
Medical Bills and Records Collection
All of the time you spent receiving medical treatment would be for naught if your medical bills and records were not collected by your attorney and presented in the demand for compensation.
Your medical bills and records are at this point, the most important variable that the insurance companies will use to determine the value of your case.
Your attorney cannot ask for compensation for your injuries without first obtaining your medical bills and records as proof that you truly did obtain injuries at the time of the accident.
The length of time it takes to receive your records will depend upon the speed in which the various providers and billing agencies respond to the request.
Gathering official records takes time, and as we said, your attorney is often at the liberty of the providers and billing agencies, and will only be able to speed things along so much.
Waiting for the Insurance Companies Response
Once your medical bills and records have all been collected, your attorney can send their demand package to the insurance company. Included in the demand package is a letter written by your attorney that clearly outlines the details of your case.
Depending on the case, a demand package may contain thousands of pages.
So do not be one bit surprised if it takes the insurance companies several weeks to examine the demand before you hear anything from them.
Your attorney will monitor the time it takes to hear back from the insurance company regarding your demand, but depending upon the severity of the case, it may require a longer examination period as well as additional correspondence between the insurance company and your attorney.
Once a settlement can be agreed upon, the insurance company will require you to sign a release to settle the claim entirely.
When you agree to a settlement amount and sign the release you are giving up your right to further sue the person, persons, or company who was responsible for your accident.
When the insurance company receives this release from you, they will send a check with the agreed-upon amount to your attorney.
Once your personal injury attorney receives the check they will need to pay any liens that were in place, such as liens regarding medical bills. The attorney's fees will also be pain along with any out-of-pocket expenses or costs associated with the claim.
Once the deductions have been made, you will normally receive the balance of the settlement amount in the form of a check issued by your attorney's office.
Hire a Personal Injury Attorney to Assist with your Case
If you were involved in a Personal Injury Accident, as you may be aware, hiring an attorney to assist with the recovery of your losses is going to be your best chance at obtaining the compensation that you deserve.
Filing a claim for compensation can be a total nightmare to try and handle alone. Even if you're confident that you can follow all of the necessary steps, fighting with the insurance company will be your biggest hurdle.
Insurance companies love when someone is unrepresented in a personal injury case. They have the skills and training to find a way to offer as little as possible during the settlement process, and that's if they don't find a way to deny your claim altogether.
Having an attorney on your side who understands fully how insurance companies operate, will only benefit you during this difficult time.
The Roth Firm has a team of experienced Personal Injury Attorneys who have the training and skills to help you file a claim and obtain the compensation that you deserve for the injuries and damages that you suffered.
Our lawyers will provide you with a free consultation to find out how we can best assist with your case.
If you were hurt in an accident that was not your fault, we believe that you deserve to be compensated fully for your losses.
Click here to schedule a free consultation with our Personal Injury Attorneys who serve both Georgia and Tennessee and find out what it will take to receive your injury settlement.